The Mayor of Casterbridge

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Originally telecast by the BBC from January 22 to March 5, 1978, The Mayor of Casterbridge was a seven-part adaptation of the novel by Thomas Hardy. Alan Bates played the title character, Michael Henchard, the wealthy and popular mayor of the Wessex community of Casterbridge. Things had not always gone so well for Michael, however; some 20 years earlier, in a drunken stupor, he had auctioned off his woebegone wife Susan (Anne Stallybrass) to a sailor named Newsom at a traveling carnival. Unexpectedly, Susan ...
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Originally telecast by the BBC from January 22 to March 5, 1978, The Mayor of Casterbridge was a seven-part adaptation of the novel by Thomas Hardy. Alan Bates played the title character, Michael Henchard, the wealthy and popular mayor of the Wessex community of Casterbridge. Things had not always gone so well for Michael, however; some 20 years earlier, in a drunken stupor, he had auctioned off his woebegone wife Susan (Anne Stallybrass) to a sailor named Newsom at a traveling carnival. Unexpectedly, Susan resurfaced in Casterbridge, accompanied by her now-grown daughter Elizabeth-Jane (Janet Maw). Demanding financial assistance from Michael, Susan tells him that Elizabeth-Jane is his own child, and that she will "make trouble" for him unless he cooperates. The strain of the situation drives Michael back into the bottle, while his onetime assistant Farfae (Jack Galloway) not only takes over as Mayor, but also claims Elizabeth-Jane as his sweetheart. The 11th-hour appearance of Susan's common-law husband Newsom (Richard Owens), long believed dead, results in a number of startling and mortifying developments. After its initial British TV run, The Mayor of Casterbridge was shown in America as part of PBS' Masterpiece Theatre anthology beginning September 3, 1978.
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Special Features

Cast filmographies; Thomas Hardy materials; Scene index
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2003
  • UPC: 054961611096
  • Original Release: 1978
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  • Source: Acorn Media
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Language: English
  • Time: 6:08:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Bates
Jack Galloway
Technical Credits
David Giles Director
Dennis Potter Screenwriter
Jonathan Powell Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Vol. 1
1. Flashback [8:25]
2. Auctioned Off [12:02]
3. I Don't Drink [10:13]
4. Right Time [6:12]
5. Still Alive [15:22]
1. Wedding Day [9:11]
2. Overslept [9:43]
3. Surprise Meeting [9:48]
4. Who Is Master? [13:35]
5. No Appetite [9:03]
1. I'm Your Father [10:30]
2. Susan's Secret [10:54]
3. Lucetta [9:32]
4. Depends on Harvest [12:17]
5. Farfrae Visits [8:45]
Side #2 -- Vol. 2
1. Proposal [11:24]
2. I Have Seen [9:42]
3. Secret Revealed [9:32]
4. Saving Lucetta [11:58]
5. Wedding Bells [7:53]
1. Bankruptcy [10:22]
2. Way of the World [13:54]
3. He Hates You [10:07]
4. New Mayor [7:25]
5. Distressed Woman [9:06]
Side #3 -- Vol. 3
1. Request Denied [12:24]
2. Royal Visit [4:48]
3. Argument [9:05]
4. Skimmity-Ride [14:01]
5. Shocked [9:48]
1. Narrowed Grief [10:51]
2. Don't Worry [11:17]
3. Denied Truth [6:02]
4. Facing the Past [15:06]
5. Finding Henchard [9:15]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Vol. 1
   Episode Selection
      Part One
      Part Two
      Part Three
   Scene Index
      Part One
      Part Two
      Part Three
   Special Features
      Thomas Hardy
      Cast Filmographies
         Sir Alan Bates
         Anne Stallybrass
         Janet Maw
         Anna Massey
         Jack Galloway
Side #2 -- Vol. 2
   Episode Selection
      Part Four
      Part Five
   Scene Index
      Part Four
      Part Five
Side #3 -- Vol. 3
   Episode Selection
      Part Six
      Part Seven
   Scene Index
      Part Six
      Part Seven
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This story is awesome

    If you like a one time viewing, 2 at the most, this movie is not for you. This movie takes time to comprehend. If you like very serious life stories that deal with the good and the bad in us all, you will find it in all these wonderful personalities. When I first watched the movie I was sorry, I bought it. I have watched it now 4 times. and the more I watch it, I breathe the word's, What a awesome story. Every Actor and Actress is wonderful in the part they play. I can not choose to mention one above the other. They are equally responsible for portraying the charactors so perfectly. The acting is what bring's out the awesome story. I am surprised there is not a long list of reviews on this, most interesting movie.

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